Freelancers — especially teams of freelancers, like Moxie — are a one-size-fits-all gig. Do you work at a large company that wants to outsource work occasionally? Do you need a lot of help for your new startup? Do you just have a big pile of writing work that needs to be done that isn’t getting any smaller? Freelancers are probably the solution.
Better yet, freelancers are a good way to get great work done without busting your budget. Here are 10 reasons freelancers are a seriously good deal.
1. You don’t pay them benefits or paid time off.
Hiring a freelancer is a no-trip-to-HR deal. You don’t pay for freelancers’ health care, 401(k) plans, PTO, or birthday cards. You don’t have to deal with the hassle of timesheets every few weeks. You pay for what you need — quality work — and nothing more.
2. Freelancers don’t take up any office space.
Unless you’re bringing freelancers into your office for a few months, they don’t need you to shift employees around or buy new desks for them. For that matter, you won’t need to purchase a computer, office chair, stapler or stack of post-its. Freelancers use their own resources, dramatically reducing overhead costs.
3. They don’t need special training.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars onboarding a freelancer like you do for a brand-new employee. While you may need to explain a project to a freelancer or give details about what your company does, freelancers are usually skilled enough to get right to work without much guidance.
4. Freelancers are often available when full-time employees are not.
You may need a freelancer any time of year, but schedules can be especially crazy during the summer months and the holiday season. Fortunately, freelancers are used to working odd hours. They can usually take on assignments during holidays, over weekends, in the summer or at other odd times when your team is overwhelmed.
5. They can usually accommodate tighter deadlines.
Sometimes you need someone to put an article together within a few days or work on an urgent project that full-time employees simply don’t have time for. A freelancer may have more time to turn a project around quickly, and he or she is used to working on several things at a time.
6. Freelancers are usually more willing to take on tedious tasks.
Got a spreadsheet that desperately needs to be updated or a bunch of audio files that need to be transcribed? Your team probably doesn’t have time to work on these (or complains enough that you dread asking). But a freelancer may be able to help. What may seem frustrating to your full-time employees and take hours of their time could be easy to a freelancer, who doesn’t have to squeeze these time-consuming jobs in between work meetings or lunch breaks.
7. Freelancers work only when you need them.
If a full-time employee runs out of work to do, you’re paying for nothing. When a freelancer finishes a job, they’re off the clock. You don’t pay freelancers annual salaries, commissions, or bonuses. And you can hire a freelancer only during certain times of the year or for just one project, which means you can terminate your relationship with a freelancer at any time — with no hard feelings, no questions asked, and no severance package.
8. They are less likely to get burned out.
Because freelancers work on many different projects for many different companies, they aren’t as likely as a full-time employee to get tired of writing about the same topics over and over — because they’re not. You can relieve a full-time employee’s stress by hiring a freelancer to contribute to the company’s blog occasionally or even outsource editing from time to time, if necessary.
9. They can bring fresh ideas to the table.
A big benefit of hiring freelancers is getting different perspectives. Your teams may be doing things simply because that’s the way they’ve always been done. Sometimes all it takes is a freelancer looking at the company from the outside to jumpstart change or boost employees’ confidence.
10. They can help you find other talent when you need it.
One freelancer certainly can’t do everything for your company — but they probably know other people who can. People who take temporary jobs often have big networks they can reach out to, and they can connect you with other freelancers in different fields.
Lindsay Wilcox is a communication specialist at Primary Children’s Hospital. She previously worked for six years in corporate communication and public relations at CHG Healthcare and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from BYU–Idaho. A mother to energetic boy/girl twins, Lindsay has amassed an eclectic mix of children’s books and wants to someday publish her own. She’s currently recording an album of lullabies, trying to read 36 books, and eating her weight in fish tacos. She lives with her family in Murray, Utah.